Dame Vivien Duffield’s £8.2m: full beneficiaries
Dame Vivien Duffield – one of the “greatest philanthropists of all time” – has cemented her formidable reputation for charitable giving by donating £8.2m to arts organisations nationwide, it was announced this morning.
In an interview published this afternoon in the Evening Standard, Duffield revealed that she has given £400m in total in her philanthropic career, most recently to London’s Tate and National Theatre. The peer, 64, inherited her vast fortune from her father Sir Charles Clore, former owner of London’s Selfridge’s department store, 32 years ago.
“It has always been my pleasure to give,” she said. “I get very emotional when I go to the opening of one of the museums that we have helped. Smaller ones give me more pleasure because the big ones do tend to slightly take it for granted.
“But you need the big ones because it gives a certain kudos to small ones as they can say they have a Clore educational space just like the Tate!”
“Dame Vivien has put together a stunningly generous package of funding,” added culture secretary Jeremy Hunt. “The focus on young people and learning and an emphasis on excellence in architecture and design is a thoughtful and enriching gift to present and future generations. Dame Vivien remains a role model for philanthropists and I and many others are extremely grateful.” Seven of the 11 institutions receiving funds are outside London.
Presumably the timing is not to take advantage of yesterday’s Budgetary announcement regarding philanthropic giving, which mainly encourages smaller-scale donations. And for that, it is even more impressive.
Here is the full list of beneficiaries:
Donmar Warehouse, London: £500,000
Opening date: 2012
Architect: Haworth Tompkins
This 250-seat producing warehouse theatre in the heart of Covent Garden has recently taken ownership of a large, three-storey, unoccupied warehouse in Dryden Street, which will provide a permanent home for rehearsals, a green room, and office accommodation. The top floor will feature a large 160m2 flexible education/rehearsal space, the Clore Studio, for the Donmar’s expanding education work. The architect is Haworth Tompkins and the new building will open in 2012.
Holburne Museum, Bath: £125,000
Opening date: 14 May 2011
Architect: Eric Parry Architects
One of the UK’s most eminent small museums, Holburne is currently completing an £11.2m redevelopment project to restore its Grade 1 listed building and construct a modern extension, designed by Eric Parry Architects. It will reopen on 14 May 2011. The Clore Learning Space will be a new flexible learning space within the main historic building, enabling the Holburne to double its capacity for education activities.
Kensington Palace, London: £500,000
Opening date: Summer 2012
Architect: John Simpson & Partners
A £12m redevelopment of Kensington Palace will open in time for the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee in 2012. Following the Foundation’s £1m donation to fund a Clore Learning Centre at Hampton Court Palace in 2007, the Foundation is supporting a new Clore Learning Centre within the redeveloped Kensington Palace, which will occupy a suite of ground floor rooms within the beautiful south range, designed by
Christopher Wren and Nicholas Hawksmoor. There will be three flexible learning spaces suitable for hands on learning activities, and an entrance and reception area. The Centre will be home to a new and expanding learning programme based on the Palace’s stories and dress collection.
Kettle’s Yard, Cambridge: £250,000
Opening date 2013
Architect: Jamie Fobert Architects
Kettle’s Yard is a unique house that was the home of Jim Ede, the first Tate modern art curator, with an adjacent temporary exhibition gallery. In the house you can find one of the country’s most significant collections of 20th-century art displayed in a unique domestic setting. Kettle’s Yard has evolved over the years to become a major centre for modern and contemporary art, belonging to the University of Cambridge. A new extension, designed by Jamie Fobert Architects and opening in 2013, will expand their footprint into an adjacent building. The new Clore Learning Studio will be a practical workshop space for Kettle’s Yard’s growing education and community learning programme.
Museum of Liverpool: £200,000
Opening date: July 2011
This £72m Museum, opening in July 2011 and designed by Danish practice 3XN, is located on the city’s waterfront, adjacent to the Albert Dock. The Clore Duffield Foundation is funding a new 150m2 dedicated children’s gallery for under 6s, on the ground floor, called ‘Little Liverpool’, building on the success of the Walker Art Gallery’s space for young children: ‘Big Art for Little Artists’. Among the exhibits will be a water interactive known as ‘Liverpuddles’ and the ‘Liver Bird’s Nest’, a multi-sensory area aimed at pre-walkers.
National Theatre, London: £2.5m
Opening date: 2014
Architect: Haworth Tompkins
The National Theatre is planning a major new £70m redevelopment, which will include a new learning centre alongside the Dorfman (currently Cottesloe) Theatre. There is currently no dedicated learning space on site. This will be the first time the Clore Duffield Foundation has funded a Clore Learning Centre which will enable a performing arts organisation to integrate its learning programme into the working life of the theatre. It will include new dedicated learning spaces for practical and discussion-based work (the Duffield Studio and the Cottesloe Room), and will enable use of the refurbished Dorfman auditorium during the day as a resource for education workshops, with breakout spaces in the foyers and outside the theatre. A new
backstage walkway will give public access to the production workshops. The Architect is Haworth Tompkins and the new Clore Learning Centre will open in 2014. The Director of the NT’s learning programme, Alice King-Farlow, was appointed a Clore Fellow in 2006.
Porthcurno Telegraph Museum, Cornwall: £125,000
Opening date: 2013
Architect: M J Long
Three miles from Land’s End and sited above one of Cornwall’s most beautiful beaches, Porthcurno was the largest international cable station in the world at the end of the 19th century and played a vital role in evolving our modern global communications network. Undersea telegraph cables coming ashore under the beach at Porthcurno linked Britain with countries all over the world. Today, fibre-optic cables (which carry 90% of all international mobile and internet data) still come ashore at Porthcurno. Created as part of a wider museum development programme, the Clore Learning Space, designed by M J Long and opening in
2013, will provide a flexible learning space for schools, the local community and visiting families.
Royal Shakespeare Company, Stratford upon Avon: £1m
Opened in 2011
Architect: Bennetts Associates
The RSC’s Royal Shakespeare and Swan Theatres have been transformed as part of a £112.8m project, ready for its 50th birthday year in 2011. In parallel, the RSC has acquired a substantial building across the road from the theatres, the Waterside Space, with the help of the Stratford-upon-Avon Town Trust, which is its first dedicated education and participation building. The Clore Learning Centre incorporates three flexible studios for practical work, the largest of which is 337m2 and rises through the 1st to the 3rd floor of the building – a balcony is on the 2nd floor and there is a lighting and technical gantry on the top floor. The
Clore Learning Centre is already in use and the RSC has seen its education workshop bookings for students increase by 112% since opening the building. In addition to the capital gift from the Foundation, the donation will provide revenue support for the RSC’s work with children, young people and teachers, and will fund a Theatre Craft Apprenticeship Scheme.
Tate Britain: £2.5m
Opening date: 2013
Architect: Caruso St John
As part of a new £45m redevelopment of Tate Britain, there will be two new Clore spaces at Tate Britain: a Clore Learning Studio on the principal level for practical art-making activities, and a new Clore Schools’ Entrance and Reception at ground level at the front of the building, within space not currently open to the public. The new Clore Schools’ Entrance will face the Clore Gallery, built to house the Turner Collection, which opened in 1987 following one of the Foundation’s earliest and largest capital donations. Designed by Caruso St. John, the redevelopment will be complete in 2013.
Turner Contemporary, Margate: £250,000
Opening date: April 2011
Architect: David Chipperfield Architects
This new £17.4m gallery on the seafront in Margate, designed by David Chipperfield, opens on 16 April 2011 on the site of the lodgings JMW Turner used when visiting the town. The gallery will show work created by major artists post-1750 and new work that is as innovative now as Turner’s work was in the 19th century. The Clore Learning Studio sits on the first floor, alongside the main galleries and has spectacular views out to sea through floor-to-ceiling windows. Users of the Clore Learning Studio, an adaptable space for all ages and a variety of activities, will see the same seascape Turner enjoyed from his window.
Whitworth Gallery, Manchester: £250,000
Opening date: 2013
The Whitworth Art Gallery, part of The University of Manchester and founded in 1889, is embarking upon a £12m transformation project, with architectural practice MUMA, which is set to open in 2013. Their new Clore Learning Studio will be a light, flexible space on the ground floor of one of the two new wings that will surround the Gallery’s new Art Garden. The new Clore Learning Studio will provide a highly visible learning environment for a wide range of art activities, allowing for a 25% increase in formal and informal learning programmes in the Gallery. The Gallery’s Director, Maria Balshaw, was appointed a Clore Fellow in 2004.
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